On 8 September Gordon Brown announced a plan to fast-track new powers for Scotland if voters chose to remain in the UK.
We’ll never know if the former Labour prime minister’s intervention swayed undecided voters, but he is set to be at the centre of a new devolution deal for Scotland.
The Conservatives and Lib Dems have also pledged to extend the Scottish parliament’s powers by January next year. As ever, the devil will be in the detail.
What has been promised?
Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Nick Clegg used that great shop window for democracy, the front page of the Daily Record , to set out a joint promise to the people of Scotland.
The three main parties agree that “the Scottish parliament is permanent and extensive new powers for the parliament will be delivered by the process and to the timetable agreed and announced by our three parties, starting on 19 September”.
The other concrete promise is to retain the Barnett formula system used to decide funding levels in the four nations of the UK?